Vaccinium macrocarpon, Cranberry

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This eastern North American plant is low and spreading in habit making a useful and dense evergreen ground cover, or a dense climber if there is something vertical handy. It has very small, shiny, ovoid leaves on lax, wiry stems, and small pink flowers with reflexed petals that bloom June to August. Self-fertile, it produces its red fruit from August to October. Over a wall, over the edge of a's delicate, yet the large edible berries make a visual impact. It dislikes root disturbance so plant it where it will stay. It's commonly thought that it must have moist soil, but when in production for fruit it is important that the soil be drier and well-draining during the early months before harvest. The upshot is that it will happily tolerate drier soils and really wouldn't like to be moist year round.

Minimum temperature: -30° F